Mackenzie Country Trust unique collaboration between environmentalists and farmers

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she welcomed the establishment of the Mackenzie Country Trust, which would secure the future of the area, in a unique collaboration between environmentalists and farming groups.

“It’s been a long road to achieve this goal, which implements the vision and strategy of the 2013 Mackenzie Country Agreement and I couldn’t be more delighted.

“I have worked alongside landowners and interested groups’ since a trust was first mooted in 2010, in order to create an initiative which would work for everyone.

“At that time it was agreed that dialogue was better than litigation and a longterm vision for the area should be agreed for everyone’s benefit.

“It’s gratifying to see this vision finally becoming a reality with the establishment of the Mackenzie Country Trust providing a way forward for the Mackenzie Agreement and putting the future of the Mackenzie Basin firmly in the hands of local communities.

“The Mackenzie is a truly iconic part of New Zealand with its sweeping vistas and mountain surrounds. This new trust will establish a method of conservation, unique in New Zealand, between environmentalists and farming groups which will be enduring and effective.

“The community has long agreed that collaboration is the key and I am delighted that this trust representing the area’s many interests, including farming, conservation, tourism and recreation, will ensure the Mackenzie Basin is protected while local communities are allowed to move forward.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru